Bronx resident Raul Sanchez has pleaded guilty to his involvement in a major dog fighting operation.
Sanchez, who harbored 50 dogs in a Bronx apartment building basement, was arrested in June and indicted in July on multiple charges related to animal fighting, aggravated cruelty to animals, and possession of a weapon. He faces one to three years in prison. If granted parole, Sanchez would be prohibited from owning animals during the length of his parole. He could also face deportation to his native Cuba after his sentence is served.
In 2012, ASPCA responders assisted the NYPD in the investigation and rescue of the dogs, who were suffering in cramped cages in a dark and dingy basement. The room included a makeshift fighting arena with capacity for dozens of spectators. The dogs were transferred to a temporary shelter, where they received care from ASPCA’s veterinary staff and were evaluated by the ASPCA’s Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team.
We’re working nonstop to combat the cruel practice of animal fighting nationwide, and we’re making progress. Earlier this week, legislators reintroduced the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, which would make it a federal offense to attend an organized animal fight and would impose additional penalties for bringing a minor to an animal fight.
Please join us in our efforts by asking your own House representative to support this important humane legislation.